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SMU football Top 30 player profile: No. 28, Zelt Minor

Scott profiles Pony Stampede's No. 28 ranked SMU football player, senior defensive tackle Zelt Minor, in the latest top 30 player profile.


Minor was one of the prize pick ups for the Mustangs in their 2013 recruiting class.  The Houston native chose SMU after taking official visits to Washington State and Texas Tech.  In the end, the defensive lineman stayed true to his early commitment to the Mustangs because he felt most comfortable on the Hilltop with a few of his high school teammates already on campus, and Cedric Lancaster joining him in that same class.  While at Lamar, the three-star prospect racked up 73 tackles, 28.5 sacks and 38 TFL’s as a senior.  He also earned two first-team All-District selections.  He also scored two defensive touchdowns and blocked two punts in 2012.

2015 Recap

With high expectations heading into his junior year, Minor didn’t deliver like many expected him to after playing in just 9 games because of injuries and lack of production. For the year, he notched just 9 tackles, 2 TFL’s and 1 sack.  

Grade: D-

Where he fits

After starting out as a defensive end with SMU’s old staff, Minor made the switch to the interior last season.  He got most of his as a backup at nose tackle, and that is where he will be asked to add depth.   Considering his lack of production last year, that might be a tall task, but the move inside allows him to still make some kind of impact even if his numbers do not show it.  


Now a senior, Minor will have to stay healthy to hold onto any kind of rotation spot he earns.   Any kind of increase in production will simply be a luxury for the Mustangs.  With guys like Mason Gentry, Ken McLaurin, Chris Biggurs, Deon Green, Keyfer Roberts, Demerick Gary and Patrick Jones all vying for playing time, Minor very well could be the odd man out if he does not deliver.  Many thought his junior year could be a possible breakout season for the highly touted high school stud, but with just one year left, Minor has yet to live up to those high expectations.  He will need to show he can be productive and stay healthy all season long—something he has yet to do on the Hilltop.  

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